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The Legendary Telescopes Tour at Armagh Observatory

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, College Hill, Armagh, County Armagh, BT61 9DB
The Legendary Telescopes Tour at Armagh Observatory


The Armagh Observatory and Planetarium Legendary Telescopes Tour takes you on a journey through the Armagh Observatory to see its historic telescopes.

Armagh Observatory opened in 1790 and is now a Grade A listed heritage building in which astronomers still undertake fundamental research, and the oldest observatory in the UK and Ireland continuously in use for its original purpose. Inside the Observatory there are four generations of historic telescopes that remain in their original settings, as well as one modern telescope still used today.

Join your expert guide who will tell you about these telescopes and how they were used for pioneering science in their day. Take your picture with the Grubb 10-inch used to make a fundamental star catalogue that is still used by astronomers today, and get up close and personal with the century-old Calver telescope. Listen to the unique stories along the way and discover why Armagh truly is a Celestial City.

We make every effort to accommodate wheelchair users and others with mobility issues. If you would like to ask further questions about the tour in regards to access, please contact:
The tour includes access to our grounds outside so we recommend suitable footwear.

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Adult£15.00 per ticket
Child£13.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Opening Times

Season (8 July 2023)
Saturday12:30 - 14:00
14:30 - 16:00
Season (22 July 2023)
Saturday12:30 - 14:00
14:30 - 16:00
Season (5 Aug 2023)
Saturday12:30 - 14:00
14:30 - 16:00
Season (19 Aug 2023)
Saturday12:30 - 14:00
14:30 - 16:00
Season (28 Aug 2023)
Monday12:30 - 14:00
14:30 - 16:00

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